June 4, 2005


HARKIN HOLLERING (Robert Novak, 6/04/05, Townhall)

On the day before Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen was confirmed by the Senate as part of a negotiated compromise, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin called her "wacko."

Harkin, appearing on liberal Randi Rhodes's national radio talk show, became animated as he said of Owen: "This is not a person to put on the bench for a lifetime appointment. This person is wacko! She's wacko!"

On the same program, Harkin said Christian broadcasters are "sort of our home-grown Taliban." He added: "They have a direct line to God. And if you don't tune into their line, you're obviously on Satan's line."

Thanks to the Gang of 14, "wacko" isn't "extraordinary."

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 4, 2005 11:57 AM

is this the kind of behavior the voters of iowa approve of ? tiny tom got bounced for exactly this kind of thing, is there a chance that iowans will repeat the favor ?

Posted by: cjm at June 4, 2005 1:11 PM

Harkin won fairly comfortably last time, though more narrowly than previous elections. He probably won't win again.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 4, 2005 1:26 PM

Jeez, OJ, you turn every pyrrhic victory into a triumph. To read your comments, one would think millions of kids are now enjoying school choice after the great hoodwinking of Ted Kennedy; and, reading you, one would think that a few words on an informal agreement really will keep the Dems from calling anything they want "extraordinary" at any time. Both No Child and the 14 Agreement were defeats for conservatives, the latter merely being a plank in a moderate McCain '08 campaign platform. Your silk-pursing of these realities is beneath you!

Posted by: Palmcroft at June 4, 2005 2:41 PM


Except that they both worked.

Posted by: oj at June 4, 2005 2:49 PM

Isn't "extraordinary" except for the extraordinary context which is part of the definition.

Posted by: jim jones at June 5, 2005 8:04 AM